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Plywood

We are building a bach with plywood interior. I'd appreciate any advice on how to finish the plywood with an environmentally friendly product. Thanks, Cathrine
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22 Apr 10 12:44 AM - By Dean Buckeridge
22 Apr '10 12:44 AM
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HWHP, worth it?

Hey all. Wondering if anyone here can offer some perspective on Hot Water Heat Pumps. We moved into an early 70s house about 18 months ago and have been steadily renovating. To date we've replaced the roof, insulated (almost everything we ...
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12 Aug 20 08:57 PM - By SBQ
12 Aug '20 08:57 PM
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Sola 60

Hi Has anyone got a handbook for the Sola 60 system? If so can we get a copy of it please. We have bought a home with this system and have absolutely no idea how to use it. Much appreciated. Regards
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12 Aug 20 04:12 PM - By Dayton
12 Aug '20 04:12 PM
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Evacuated Tubes and/or Solar diverter

Hi All, Have a project coming up with a three bedroom house that had planned on having evacuated tubes for a solar HW system feeding a 250l HWC. Looking at solar diverters from PV too, and wondered if it would ...
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11 Aug 20 04:27 PM - By akmodi
11 Aug '20 04:27 PM
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Window Warranties

Hi, we're replacing our house lot of absolutely awful 1980s aluminum windows. I have had three quotes through for euro and US made UPVC and they're all out of our price range. So thermally broken aluminium it is. (Please don't ...
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Insulated Garage Door : Revisited

We are going to build a new home soon and I have been looking at options for insulating the garage door. I see a post from 2011 on the same topic, but I expect things have changed since then and ...
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30 Aug 20 01:40 PM - By Two Engineers
30 Aug '20 01:40 PM
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Drainage and waste water for basement

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wood burner

good ones ...
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04 Aug 19 05:20 PM - By heckle
04 Aug '19 05:20 PM
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Pole barn house new build

Hi guys, Im a new member to ecobob. We are looking to start building a pole barn style house on 2 acres in South Otago later in the year and i was hoping for some advice. We love the passive house ...
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18 Jul 20 09:20 AM - By Cookerman
18 Jul '20 09:20 AM
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Wood gasification boiler

Is there anyone in this forum who is using an ATTACK wood gasification boiler for the central heating and warm water? Central Heating NZ in CHCH is the agent for this brand and it is made in Slovakia. We ...
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18 Jul 20 08:03 AM - By Cookerman
18 Jul '20 08:03 AM
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Green E Cylinders for Hot water?

Been looking at the Green E Cylinders as a possibility in our new build? Anyone had any experience with these or have these in there home? What are your opinions on these? Love to hear some reviews. Thanks in advance. ...
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15 Jul 20 09:36 PM - By SBQ
15 Jul '20 09:36 PM
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Roof - Home Repair vs Home Improvement

We recently replaced our roof. Does this go under home repair (expense all in 1 yr) or is this a home improvement (depreciate over 39 years). We made no structural changes just took off and repaired/replaced the old shingles. THANKS! ...
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02 Jul 20 11:49 PM - By scotts808
02 Jul '20 11:49 PM
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Kitchen Renovation and Consents

We're planning to renovate our 70s kitchen. The kitchen renovation of cupboards, benches etc I would imagine not require any Council consents. Please correct me if I'm wrong. However, we will be replacing 2 wooden windows with aluminium ones and ...
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01 Jun 15 10:58 AM - By laurawhite
01 Jun '15 10:58 AM
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TC could you contact me?

HI TC YOu might remember i had a heat recovery unit installed by a local chch company. Just having a slight issue with the unit, and have not been able to get hold of the CHCH company to get it ...
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10 Jan 10 10:37 PM - By GregC
10 Jan '10 10:37 PM
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Wetback with underfloor heating or radiators?

We are building a 110 square metre home. We are planning to have a wood burner with a wetback as we have a continous supply of firewood. Has anyone experienced using a wetback with radiators or underfloor heating ...
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18 May 20 12:28 PM - By KermyNZ
18 May '20 12:28 PM
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Self draw building plans

Hi. Is it possible for me to do my own plans for council? If so where can i find information on this? Thanks
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23 Jun 17 06:39 PM - By Shine
23 Jun '17 06:39 PM
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Accoya wood the solution?

Was wondering if anyone had experince with accoya wood? http://www.accoya.com/ It appears the process can make lasting non toxic timber out of pine.
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27 Apr 20 06:30 AM - By Andrew+61
27 Apr '20 06:30 AM
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Heat transfer Kit - Summer extension kits

Hi, we have a 3-room heat transfer kit in our house (love it, had one in our last house and it's the first thing we installed when we moved) and note that there is a summer extension kit which takes ...
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07 Jan 19 05:30 PM - By SteveDIY
07 Jan '19 05:30 PM
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Flitch Plate

Hi all, I am a quantity surveying student struggling with an assignment, we have to measure a 70x35 flitch plate fixed with screws that connects a bearer to subfloor jack framing (in a relocatable house), the drawings provide minimal info ...
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20 Oct 18 08:49 PM - By Stressed Student
20 Oct '18 08:49 PM
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SIPs v Timber Frame

Structural Insulated Panels (SIP's) v Timber Frame When researching the pro's and con's of (Structurally Insulated Panels) SIP panels v timber frame, the information available is hugely biased in favour of the SIP's. Including the thermal efficiency, what are the other PRO's ...
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19 Apr 20 02:28 PM - By RodY
19 Apr '20 02:28 PM
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Aerogel

Is aerogel insulation available in NZ? Has anyone used it in a domestic insulation situation? Any idea of cost? Having done a quick google, there were some reports back in early 2012 of the price about to plummet?
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08 Dec 12 07:19 PM - By Nikoftime
08 Dec '12 07:19 PM
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HW and underfloor heating combined???

I like the idea, using heatpump technology, but every company/person I talk to has different advice often contradicting. Does anyone have experience with one HP doing both? Or anyone using 2 seperate HP's??? Would love to hear. For my situation, compact ...
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26 Apr 10 10:38 PM - By
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carpet offgassing

I am staying in a house that had carpet laid in January and is still offgassing and making me ill (respiratory symptoms, headache). I'm looking for solutions that quicken the offgassing eg would getting the carpet steam cleaned work? thanks.
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17 Jun 09 04:55 AM - By
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Free cob building courses - South Africa

We are a married couple living in Namaqualand, South Africa, in a small village living a natural, artistic lifestyle and building with cob, a centuries old building tradition. We are about to embark on a number of building projects around ...
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25 Apr 14 06:20 PM - By Juls
25 Apr '14 06:20 PM
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Dehumidifier recommendation needed

Mine in the shop is dead, contributing to a lot of issues. 500 square foot basement shop in the south. Very damp. Im thinking 30-50 pint continuous run with a drain outside. Set it and forget it. Been using old ones from ...
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18 Mar 20 09:54 PM - By LoraMoser69
18 Mar '20 09:54 PM
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